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Roses are among the most popular flowering plants of all and have delighted people for centuries with their flowers, which either have an intense scent or present a particularly attractive shape. If you take a closer look at how to keep roses, you will come across the terms “reblooming” and “blooming often”. Especially when you are looking for a new variety, it is important to know what these terms mean.
How often do roses bloom?
You have to ask yourself this question when you are looking for the meaning of the two terms. Remounting and more often
Flowering rose types and varieties appear the same to many people at first glance, but there is a crucial difference between the two terms. With both variants you can be sure that you can expect flowers several times throughout the year. Four main scenarios can occur here, which are assigned to the respective terms:
- flowering twice a year
- flowering twice a year by cutting
- flowering several times a year
- almost continuously blooming
You can find out which terms match the properties mentioned above in the sections below. Don't be surprised, however, that the difference between the terms in the variety description is not always obvious. Compared to many classic varieties, repeating and frequently flowering roses are particularly suitable for you if you want robust plants. Often they don't need as much care as the one-time bloomers, apart from historical rose varieties or wild roses, and are therefore a pretty sight all the time.
notice: Even in specialist shops, a distinction is not always made between the two terms. For example, if you are looking for a rose variety that blooms more often, it can also be offered as a repeating variety, which can sometimes lead to surprises in terms of flowering time.
Roses are reblooming
The term "reblooming" describes roses that bloom several times throughout the year, with the exception of winter, of course. However, what clearly sets it apart from the more frequently flowering variants is the frequency of flowering. Form reblooming rose cultivars and species maximum twice per year flowers from:
- 1st flower: depends on variety
- 2nd flowering: autumn
Most of these are variants that flower early in the year, which then gather strength for their second flowering over the summer or late summer. An important factor in the reblooming rose is the flower itself. This does not change in size, color or scent. It is identical to the first bloom of the year and for this reason they make excellent cut flowers that can be used for a variety of different purposes. However, the formation of such flowers twice a year requires a lot of energy and for this reason it is necessary to cut the roses after the first flowering so that the plants can collect enough energy for the formation of flowers. Over time, this can lead to the following problems:
- growth weakness
- poor winter hardiness
- in extreme cases no flowering
Many cultivated forms that rely on a particularly large flower are particularly affected. The more the rose varieties resemble the wild forms, the better they can withstand the cut and the growth and winter hardiness suffer only slightly. Since not only the withered flowers but also parts of the shoots are removed here, it is sometimes difficult for the plants to recover in time. It is easier with varieties that are naturally reblooming and bloom themselves after they have faded. Here, however, the boundaries to the more frequently flowering variants are already blurred. For example, a variety that is naturally reblooming is the 'Black Prince' reblooming rose, which flowers at the following times:
- June to July
- September to November
You hardly have to do anything to initiate the second bloom. You should choose such varieties if you want healthier variants.
tip: An exception to the wild rose species and varieties are those that bloom quite early in the year. These usually do not form a second flower, but this depends heavily on the region, the climatic conditions and the species or variety.
Roses are multi-blooming
Roses that bloom several times throughout the year are also called roses that bloom more often. However, these are only considered to bloom more often if they bloom more than twice or produce repeat blooms more frequently. Continuous bloomers can also be classified in this category, as they do not lose their flowers or form new ones as they fade. The definition of repeat-blooming includes a large number of varieties that effortlessly produce more flowers without being dependent on the following care measures:
- remove flowers
- additional fertilizer additions
Despite the independence of the frequently flowering varieties, it sometimes does no harm if you remove the faded flowers or give a little more fertilizer. Such information can also be obtained from the variety description, should this be necessary. Frequently blooming roses are often used for a variety of garden projects and the perpetual bloomers in particular are becoming increasingly popular, as they only take extremely short breaks of one to two weeks. In the following list you will find three suitable varieties that will delight you with repeated flowering throughout the year:
- Rambler rose 'Awakening'
- Historical Rose 'Boule de Neige'
- Miniature rose 'Anna Maria de Montravel'
notice: Another term for repeat flowering roses is "multiple pile". This already indicates that you can look forward to the beautiful flowers several times a year.